No Messi or Ronaldo in El Clasico for first time since 2007

Machín speaks to a member of his coaching staff at Friday's training

He fell to the ground following a tussle with Sevilla's Franco Vazquez and, as his right hand tried to cushion the landing, his elbow appeared to buckle.

He was treated at the side of the pitch for some time before eventually making his way down the tunnel with his arm strapped up.

With Messi out, Valverde could bring in Ousmane Dembele at the Camp Nou, the 21-year-old who enjoyed a bright start to the season but has lost his place in recent weeks. "He will be out for approximately three weeks", stated F.C. Barcelona on Twitter.

Icardi also discussed his future, having been linked with Champions League holders Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Ivan Rakitic scored the home side's final goal against his former club in the 88th minute with a first-time volley, only to have Luis Muriel answer for Sevilla in the 91st minute.

Barca go into the match - featuring two teams with six points from their opening two Group B games - without their talisman after he suffered a broken bone in his arm in Saturday's win over Sevilla.

Messi injury overshadows Barca's return to form While Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde will be relieved to see his side end their four-game winless run in La Liga, there will be concern for the fitness of star forward Messi. Mourinho will be desperate to win for his own sake as the spotlight remains firmly on him, especially after the ugly scenes at Stamford Bridge on Saturday when he became involved in a touchline fracas following Chelsea's late equaliser.

They sent a tweet to Messi after Barcelona confirmed the extent of his injury. Luis Suarez added the third by converting a second-half penalty kick.

The game seemed up but Marc-Andre ter Stegen had to make a brilliant double save to deny Sarabia and then Wissam Ben Yedder with his thigh.

Barcelona face Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, before the first Clasico of the season against Real Madrid next Sunday. The five-time Ballon d'Or victor did net a hat-trick on that occasion, however.

Lopetegui, only three months into his stint with Real Madrid, defended himself against the critics.

"Right now that is the last thing that I'm thinking about", said Lopetegui when asked if he was anxious about losing his job.

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